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The current Treasury Board Policy on Evaluation requires deputy heads of small departments and agencies to have coverage of all ongoing grants and contributions over a five year period.

Western Economic Diversification Canada’s (WD) Evaluation Branch has developed the five year plan to fulfil the evaluation coverage requirements of the Policy. This five-year evaluation plan covers the fiscal years 2012-13 to 2016-17.

The evaluation projects and engagements included in the five-year plan were based on a combination of consultations, analysis and prioritization process as described below.

Evaluation in the Government of Canada

In the Government of Canada, evaluation is the systematic collection and analysis of evidence on the outcomes of programs. This evidence is used to make judgments about the programs’ relevance, performance and alternative ways to deliver them or to achieve the same results.

Evaluation provides Canadians, Parliamentarians, Ministers, central agencies and Deputy Heads an evidence-based, neutral assessment of the value for money (i.e., relevance and performance) of federal programs.

The main purposes of evaluation are to:

  • Support accountability to Parliament and Canadians by helping the government to credibly report on the results achieved with resources invested in programs;
  • Inform government decisions on resource allocation and reallocation;
  • Support Deputy Heads in managing for results by informing them about whether their programs are producing the outcomes that they were designed to produce, at an affordable cost; and
  • Support policy and program improvements by helping to identify lessons learned and best practices.